State Senate bans sale of 'bath salts' drug

TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill outlawing synthetic drugs commonly known as "bath salts."

The bill makes it a crime to possess or sell the chemicals used to make the drugs.

Marketed as bath salts or incense, they're snorted by users and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines. They can cause health issues ranging from increased blood pressure and heart rate to hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

The bill must also get approval by the Assembly and be signed by the governor before becoming law.

In April, the state's attorney general classified the chemicals used to make the drug as controlled dangerous substances.

'AP wire services contributed to this report.

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